Saying stuff about stuff.

Autotest and Growl

I’ve been trying without success to setup autotest Growl notifications for some time but never quite managed to get it fuly working. There are plenty of solutions out there already but things still didn’t seem to come together for me… until today - the latest version of seems to have smoothed things.

Unfortunately there’s a bug in growlnotify so whether the Growls will actually be displayed is another question (they randomly don’t appear). There is a fix for this, however, which provides a drop-in workaround - remember to stop and start Growl from Preferences.

Last but not least is the pièce de résistance: what pass/fail image(s) shall I show? Fortunately somebody has already answered that for me and in the most pleasing way possible.

A little tweaking here and there (like renaming the fail images 1-5) and I give you my .autotest Growl hook.

Shortwave Gist

I’ve been using Shortwave for a while, it’s lightweight (a bookmarklet) and particularly agreeable as it syncs with my iPhone. Today I finally tired of having to look through the git docs site and decided to create a custom Shortwave commands file.

In an inspired move I’m storing it in a Gist for easy access and maintainability - I simply point Shortwave to the raw version.

It makes me wonder what else I could store in that there tinterweb…

Of course the downside of this is that Shortwave has to parse the file on each request and github isn’t exactly fast.

P.S. Here’s the Git docs command I added:

git  Git command help.

What is oEmbed and why is it useful?

From the oEmbed site [1]:

oEmbed is a format for allowing an embedded representation of a URL on third party sites.

Cool… what?

For example Vimeo will return the HTML required to embed one of its videos - oEmbed is particularly useful for videos [2].

  Weird Fishes: Arpeggi
  <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="504" height="348" data=";;fullscreen=1&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF">
  <param name="quality" value="best" />
  <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" />
  <param name="scale" value="showAll" />
  <param name="movie" value=";;fullscreen=1&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF" />

Hidden away amongst the cruft you can see that the html element contains their movie player embed code.


Think bookmarks, tumbles and other such delights. It’s like a rich meta description - though that sounds awfully close to being a cringe-worthy marketing buzzword creating developer cynicism.


                         __                 __
                        /\ \               /\ \
  ___      __    ___ ___\ \ \____     __   \_\ \
 / __`\  /'__`\/' __` __`\ \ '__`\  /'__`\ /'_` \
/\ \L\ \/\  __//\ \/\ \/\ \ \ \L\ \/\  __//\ \L\ \
\ \____/\ \____\ \_\ \_\ \_\ \_,__/\ \____\ \___,_\
 \/___/  \/____/\/_/\/_/\/_/\/___/  \/____/\/__,_ /

 ===== because 'open embed' sounds too dirty =====

[1] Gotta love their ASCII art:

[2] One could argue that embedding videos is all it’s really useful for at the moment as it seems to be most popular among video services (not YouTube!) but that’s a discussion for another day.

Civilization really coming to the DS!

Civilization Revolution

Manualist Plays Sweet Child O’ Mine

Give him a minute to warm up. My personal favourite is The Trooper.


Amazing self-collaborative game - via my bro

Touch My Tweak Unit

Have Google Bought Flickr?

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Happy New Year 2008!

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Have you ever noticed how close the word “retard” is to “regard”? Don’t, it’s dangerous.